Author: Lorin Grace
Genres: Historical Romance
Date: August 24, 2021
Publisher: Currant Creek Press
A know-it-all teacher, an overworked sheriff, and the job she shouldn’t take.
Ready to prove to herself and the world that she doesn’t need anyone, Emily crosses the country to accept a teaching position in Texas. As an orphan, she’s lived off other’s second skimmings most of her life. Her perfect grades have earned her the perfect job, and no one is going to stand in her way, especially a scruffy sheriff.
TJ Morgan has one job, to keep the residents of Hiramsville safe. When a soiled dove dies under mysterious circumstances, TJ vows to find her killers. When Emily arrives in town, he must take drastic measures to keep her out of harm’s way.
Saving Emily against her will isn’t enough when a coded journal sheds light on the depth of corruption in the western town. What Emily learns decoding the tale puts both their lives in danger. Working together, they find their hearts entwined even as outlaws try to tear them apart. Can Emily find what she has needed her entire life? Can TJ save his heart?
If you like heroes in cowboy hats and heroines willing to take on the west finding happily ever afters, these sweet old-fashioned romances are for you.
Rating: Mild+. Mild kissing; mild sensuality; some violence or horror.
First off, I’m in love with this cover. Second, I loved the book. It was exciting, mysterious, sad, hard, scary, creepy, and swoony all in one and of course, ends in a happy ever after. The meet cute was unique and I enjoyed both the main characters. The book dealt with difficult topics, like drug usage and prostitution, and those that ran the brothel were truly creepy, evil, horrible people. Reading about those elements was hard and my stomach felt some tightness as I worried about what was going to happen. But in opposition, the good people were really wonderful and caring. I loved all those characters. And it really was a very nice happily ever after ending. An enjoyable read.
Violence: murders, attempted murder, shoot out, sexual assault, forced prostitution…
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.